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Response to death penalty sentence in Boston marathon trial

Today, a federal jury in Boston sentenced 21 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. Catholic Mobilizing Network prays for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing, their families, and all those whose lives have been touched by violence. We believe... MORE

Pope Francis says no crime deserves the death penalty

Pope Francis says no crime deserves the death penalty

March 20, 2015 In a letter to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, Pope Francis repeated his call for all good Christians to work to end the use of the death penalty and made it clear that... MORE

Praying for Mercy: Reflections on Glossip v. Gross

Praying for Mercy: Reflections on Glossip v. Gross

By Becky VanPool, Parish Engagement Director of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City The Supreme Court has issued a stay for three Oklahoma death row inmates, Richard Glossip, John Grant, and Benjamin Cole, in order to review a challenge against the... MORE

Archbishop Coakley: “The Death Penalty is Morally Obsolete”

Archbishop Coakley: “The Death Penalty is Morally Obsolete”

Before the oral arguments begin with regards to the Supreme Court Case on lethal injection (Glossip v. Gross), Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma reaffirmed his opposition to capital punishment in an official statement. “The death penalty only further erodes our respect... MORE

A Labor of Mercy: Opposing the Death Penalty in Oklahoma

A Labor of Mercy: Opposing the Death Penalty in Oklahoma

By Rev. Adam Leathers, spokesperson for the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Director of Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries If you are a social media user, you may have come across a post titled “Take a Bow... MORE

Pennsylvania Abolitionists Celebrate Moratorium

Pennsylvania Abolitionists Celebrate Moratorium

By Kathleen Lucas, Director of Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. On February 13th, Governor Tom Wolf delivered on his campaign promise and declared an official moratorium on executions in Pennsylvania. What a delightful Valentine’s Day gift! In his... MORE

Pioneers for Justice: Seven Sisters Whose Prison Ministry Inspires Us

Pioneers for Justice: Seven Sisters Whose Prison Ministry Inspires Us

During National Catholic Sisters’ Week 2015, March 8th -14th, Catholic Mobilizing Network will honor the work of seven women religious in prison ministry, restorative justice, and death penalty advocacy. Each day we will share via social media the story of a... MORE

New Lenten Resources

New Lenten Resources

CMN has developed some useful Lenten resources for personal, parish, community and institutional use that invite us to reflect on the sin of capital punishment and how we can achieve the goal of ending the use of the death penalty.... MORE

National Catholic Journals Unite to Call for the End of the Death Penalty

National Catholic Journals Unite to Call for the End of the Death Penalty

March 5, 2015 The editorial boards of five national Catholic Publications have taken a united stand against the death penalty! Read the powerful editorial ‘National Catholic Journals Unite: Capital Punishment Must End’ on any one of the following sites:   America... MORE

Statement on Governor Wolf’s Announcement of Death Penalty Reprieve

Statement on Governor Wolf’s Announcement of Death Penalty Reprieve

By The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference   The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference welcomes Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement of a “reprieve to inmate Terrance Williams, who was scheduled to be executed on March 4, 2015. Governor Wolf will grant a reprieve – not a commutation... MORE